April 29, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After splitting a two-game series at #15 Cal State Fullerton and sweeping #6 Cal at home, the Arizona State Sun Devils hit the road once again for a three-game Pac-10 series with UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins are 22-17, including a 6-6 mark in Pac-10 play. They play at Pepperdine on Tuesday and host Loyola Marymount on Wednesday.
Devils vs. UCLA:
Lights, Camera, Action:
Saturday night's contest will be televised by FSN to a national audience. Barry Tompkins and College Baseball Hall of Famer Jerry Kindall will call the action. The Devils were also on TV against
30 Win Seasons:
The Sun Devils won their 30th game of the year on April 13 against
With the win over Stanford on April 4, head coach Pat Murphy recorded his 200th career victory in Pac-10 play. Murphy now holds a 206-145 career mark in conference action, including conference titles in 2000 and 2007. Murphy has the third most Pac-10 victories among active coaches, trailing Stanford's Mark Marquess (518 in 31 years) and
Facing Tough Competition:
The Sun Devils will face one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2008. 13 of their opponents are or have been ranked at some point this season, including ten who have spent time in the top ten.
The Sun Devils and Titans renewed their rivalry at Goodwin Field for a two-game midweek series. ASU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first on Tuesday, but the Titans battled back to take a lead in the second off starter Josh Satow. The Devils tied things up in the third, but
Arizona State showed great patience at the plate during a three-game sweep of the Bears, scoring 40 runs, pounding out 31 hits and drawing 33 walks...Facing Cal ace Tyson Ross on Friday, the Devils scored three in the first and one in the second, but found themselves trailing 5-4 after Cal got to starter Mike Leake. Leake would settle down, allowing only two more Golden Bear runs, while the ASU offense heated up. Sontag, Wallace and Roling all had two hits as the offense scored seven runs between the fifth and eighth to give ASU the 11-7 win. Leake went the whole way, picking up his seventh win of the season and his second complete game...Mike Leake was the difference again on Saturday, this time with his bat, as his three-run triple in the seventh lifted ASU to another 11-7 win. Leake had four RBI and scored twice while starting at first base...The Devils jumped on
Sophomore Mike Leake picked up his 20th career victory with his complete game win over the Golden Bears on Friday night, becoming only the ninth Sun Devil in history to win at least 20 games in their second year in
20-Game Winners In First Two Seasons At ASU
Jeff Pentland, 1966-67
Eddie Bane, 1971-72
Jim Otten, 1972-73
Ken Jones, 1978-79*
Kendall Carter, 1981-82*
Doug Henry, 1983-84*
Linty Ingram, 1987-88
Jason Urquidez, 2004-05
Mike Leake, 2007-08*
*- Freshman and Sophomore years
Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Kiel Roling has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, the third time in his career he has won the award. Roling went 9-17 (.529) with a home run and 10 RBI for ASU during its 4-1 week. He had at least one RBI in all five games, including three in the 10 inning win over Cal State Fullerton. He also was walked eight times and scored seven runs. It's the fourth time a Sun Devil has won the award this year. Ike Davis has won twice and Brett Wallace has won once.
Five Sun Devils will graduate next week, including four players and one student coach. Greg Bordes, Dustin Brader, Tommy Rafferty and Ryan Sontag will be walking in graduation ceremonies, and they will be joined by student coach Derik Olvey. Rocky Laguna graduated last year.
Super Smash Brothers:
Ike Davis and Brett Wallace have combined to hit 67 home runs over their nearly three seasons in Maroon and Gold (32 for
Ike Davis The Man-Child:
Junior Ike Davis is turning in another stellar season, something ASU fans have become accustomed to over his three years in Maroon and Gold. Ike has five career multi-homer games, all of which have come this season and he has a 4-1 record on the mound with four saves.
Most RBI, ASU History
1. Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-99.. 283
2. Casey Myers, 1998-2001...... 275
3. Clay Westlake, 1973-76....... 250
4. Jeff Larish, 2002-05.............. 235
5. Bob Horner, 1976-78............ 229
6. Antone Williamson, 1992-94. 203
7. Alvin Davis, 1979-82............. 200
8. Mike Kelly, 1989-91............... 194
Ken Landreaux, 1974-76....... 194
10. Ike Davis, 2006-P............ 188
Ike Davis is climbing up the school's all-time doubles list.
Most Career Doubles, ASU History
1. Clay Westlake, 1973-76....... 88
2. Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-99.. 75
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2002-04....... 71
4. Antone Williamson, 1992-94. 70
5. Casey Myers, 1998-2000...... 64
Ike Davis, 2006-P................ 64
7. Dan Rumsey, 1986-89.......... 58
8. Jeff Phelps, 1998-2001......... 57
Jeff Larish, 2002-05............... 57
Walk This Way:
Petey Paramore led the Pac-10 in bases on balls last season, totaling 53 in 64 games. His good eye has continued so far in 2008, as he has already drawn 42 walks. Paramore now has 129 walks in his career and is only the 22nd Sun Devil to ever draw over 100. The 129 walks is the sixth most in school history, two more than Mike Kelly (1989-91). Alvin Davis (1979-82) is the all-time leader with 207.
Most Career Walks, ASU History
1. Alvin Davis, 1979-82............. 207
2. Jeff Larish, 2002-05.............. 200
3. Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-99.. 154
4. Clay Westlake, 1973-76....... 148
5. Doug Newstrom, 1991-93..... 131
6. Petey Paramore, 2006-P... 129
7. Mike Kelly, 1989-91............... 127
8. Barry Bonds, 1983-85........... 122
9. Willie Bloomquist, 1997-99... 119
Rick Peters, 1974-77.............. 119
Just Keep On Using Me:
Senior righty Tommy Rafferty has been one of the Pac-10's most dependable relievers out of the bullpen. Rafferty has made 24 appearances already this season, tops in the conference. Rafferty's eight wins are also most in the Pac-10. He transferred to ASU from
Only 22 players have ever hit a ball over the Green Monster at Packard Stadium, and three of them are on the current roster. Last season, Brett Wallace did it and earlier this season Jason Kipnis did it. Ike Davis joined the list against UC Irvine on March 23. All the more impressive,
Keeping A Weather Eye:
Are You Experienced?:
Entering the 2008 season, the Sun Devils had only 12 players on their roster with Pac-10 Baseball experience. Of those 12, only four were pitchers. ASU has used eight pitchers this season who had no prior Pac-10 experience, as well as nine position players who had never played in the Pac-10 before. Mike Leake, Josh Satow, Ike Davis, Brett Wallace, Ryan Sontag, Petey Paramore and Kiel Roling were the only returners with significant starting experience
Howser Trophy Watch List:
Three Sun Devils have landed on the Howser Trophy Watch List, the award given to the top player in the nation. Brett Wallace, Mike Leake and Ike Davis are all on the initial list for the award, which is presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Wallace was a Semi-Finalist for the award last season.
The 2008 Sun Devils went 28-2 during their first 30 games, matching the 2003 Sun Devils for best start through the first 30 games of a season in school history. The 2003 team finished the year 54-14, falling to Cal State Fullerton in three games at the Fullerton Super Regional.
Players of the Week:
Ike Davis has been named to the
Call To The Hall For Bane and Bannister:
Legendary Sun Devil pitchers Eddie Bane and Floyd Bannister have been named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008. Bane pitched for ASU from 1971 to 1973, recording a 40-4 career record with a 1.64 ERA. He threw the only perfect game in Sun Devil history, striking out 19 in a 9-0 win over Cal State Northridge in 1973. Bane is the school's leader in career strikeouts, fanning 535 in his three seasons in Maroon and Gold. Floyd Bannister went 38-6 with a 1.88 ERA from 1974 to 1976, throwing 29 career complete games, second most in school history. He won 19 games in 1976, tied for the school single season record, and struck out an ASU record 217 in 1975. He was the #1 overall pick in the 1976 MLB draft. Bane and Bannister join Bobby Winkles, Jim Brock and Bob Horner as Sun Devils in the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Freshman OF/LHP Matt Newman has Maroon and Gold in his blood. His father, Randy, was a pitcher for the Sun Devils in 1981 and 1982, winning 15 career games and the 1981 National Championship. Freshman catcher Andrew Pollak is the brother of former Sun Devil football great Mike Pollak, who played center for the Devils from 2004 to 2007. Mike was a two-time All-Pac-10 performer. Andrew wears number 76, the same number Mike wore on the gridiron. UTL Mike Murphy is no relation to head coach Pat Murphy, although he is the first player named Murphy Pat Murphy has ever coached. New assistant coach Josh Holliday is the son of former
2008 Pre-Season Honors:
ASU has several pre-season All-Americans on its roster. Brett Wallace and Josh Satow were both named First Teamers by the NCBWA as well as Collegiate Baseball. Petey Paramore joined them on the NCBWA list. Mike Leake was named a Second Team selection by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. Kiel Roling was named to the Second Team by the NCBWA. Ike Davis was a Third Team selection by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. Wallace, Davis and Paramore were all named Second Teamers by Baseball
The Sun Devils were picked to finish second in the Pac-10 in the annual preseason coaches poll. ASU got three first place votes, while
Golden Spikes Watch List:
Wallace Award Watch List:
Captain and the Bench Award Watch List:
Head coach Pat Murphy has named junior catcher Petey Paramore as the captain of the 2008 Sun Devils. Paramore has also been named to the Watch List for the Johnny Bench Award, the third straight year he has made the list.
Coach Murphy Honored:
Pat Murphy has been inducted into the Florida Atlantic University Baseball Hall of Fame. Murphy played for the Owls from 1981 to 1982, then coached three years at the school.
Honoring Pat Tillman:
Former ASU football player and American Hero Pat Tillman had strong ties to the ASU Baseball program. In addition to his brother Kevin playing for ASU, Pat became extremely close with head coach Pat Murphy. Murphy wears jersey #42 in honor of Tillman, and in January 2007, Murph donated $100,000 to the baseball program for the construction of the Tillman Training Room, a room that will honor both Pat and Kevin and their commitment to both